Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Site in Plantation Country

Whitney Plantation

The Whitney is the first plantation in the state to focus on slavery, and in doing so they've flipped the script on plantation tours. Whereas before the story told was that of the 'big house', here the emphasis is g…
Top Choice Vietnamese in Baton Rouge

Dang's Vietnamese Restaurant

Everything at this Vietnamese institution is great, but have a slurp of the pho and you may whisper a prayer to the kitchen gods for favoring you with a broth so flavorful. Honestly, you can't go wrong ordering off …
Italian in Plantation Country

Mosca's

There's old school, and then there's Mosca's. This Italian joint looks like it's about to collapse into the mud, but it soldiers on, serving to-die-for oysters Mosca (cooked in cheese and bread crumbs) and garlicky …
Historic Site in Plantation Country

Laura Plantation

This ever-evolving and popular plantation tour teases out the distinctions between Creole, Anglo, free and enslaved African Americans via meticulous research and the written records of the Creole women who ran the p…
Cajun in Plantation Country

Wayne Jacob’s Smokehouse & Restaurant

This is the place to stop on your way upriver for smoky pork goodness. LaPlace, located about 30 miles west of New Orleans, is known for its fantastic sausages, and Wayne Jacob’s smokes up some of the best. Po’boys,…
Nature Reserve in St Francisville

Mary Ann Brown Preserve

Operated by the Nature Conservancy, the 110-acre Mary Ann Brown Preserve takes in some of the beech woodlands, dark wetlands and low, clay-soil hill country of the Tunica uplands. A 2-mile series of trails and board…
Deli in Baton Rouge

City Pork Deli & Charcuterie

We are unapologetic in our love of sandwiches, and City Pork does some might fine ones: the pork belly banh mi is a crispy revelation, while the house-made pastrami on the New Yorker had us smiling for a long time. …
Vietnamese in Baton Rouge

Saigon Noodles

If you're tired of fried Southern food, head to Saigon Noodles for giant bowls of pho, bun bo hue (spicy beef soup), noodles bowls and fried shrimp dumplings (OK, we guess you can't escape fried food down here). It'…
Roadside Attraction in Abita Springs & the North Shore

Abita Mystery House

Maybe it was the stuffed alligator-dog-monster, or the psychedelic mural art, or the paint by numbers paintings, or the River Road dioramas, or the comb collection, but as far as roadside attractions go, the Mystery…
Cafe in St Francisville

Magnolia Café

The Magnolia Café was once a health-food store and VW-bus repair shop. Today it's the nucleus of what's happening in St Francisville – it's where people go to eat, socialize and, on Friday night, dance to live music…